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Community Resources in response to Hurricane Harvey
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As Tropical Storm Harvey lingers over Houston on its way back to the Gulf, citywide efforts to rescue residents and mitigate flood damage continue. Thousands of residents have been forced to leave their homes to seek shelter elsewhere. The need for various resources in areas affected by Harvey is unprecedented. Thankfully, local, state, and federal officials and nonprofit organizations are working overtime to provide Texans in need with necessary aid.


Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund in partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation in response to an outpouring of inquiries into how to donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. All monetary donations are tax deductible.


All resource links provided in my last email are still viable. Please share those resources with friends and family. Extensive information on weather updates, road closures, available shelters, and flood insurance claims can be found by clicking on this link.


All of the 9-1-1 call centers in the area are experiencing high call volume. Please help to save the phone lines for true life-threatening emergencies, such as rescues. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. Do not hang up until your call is answered. 

  • Houston Police Department: (713) 884-3131
  • Harris County Sheriff's Office: (713) 221-6000
If you need to report a power outage, call CenterPoint Energy at (713) 695-2111.


Please note that existing law on flood insurance claims and lawsuits will change on Sept. 1, 2017. Incentives for insurance companies to complete your claim will be decreased, potentially reducing the likelihood of having your home repaired in a timely manner. If your home has experienced flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, experts are highly recommending that you begin the claims process before Sept. 1.      

To find information on the changing law and for help with how to file a claim, please read this article from the Houston Chronicle. The new law does not apply to Texas Windstorm Insurance Association or National Flood Insurance policies. 


Click here to apply for FEMA assistance or call
1 (800) 621-3362.

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To report flooding, call 3-1-1, (713) 837-0311, or send an email to 311@houstontx.gov. Never drive through flood waters. 

Price gouging is illegal.
To report inflated price increases for food, water, gas, or other necessities, visit the Attorney General of Texas' website, print the form, or call 1 (800) 252-8011 or 1 (800) 621-0508. As always, my office is available to follow-up on the complaint. Call (512) 463-0620 or (713) 691-6912 for assistance. 


As of Tuesday, August 29th: 
Houston Independent School District will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th. 

Spring Branch Independent School District is closed through Friday, September 1st.

METRO services are suspended through Wednesday, August 30th. Click here for updates. 


All neighborhood libraries and multi-service centers provide computer access, complimentary wifi, or shelter from the storm. A Mobile Hotspot can be checked out for three weeks from the Houston Public Library.  Visit Carnegie Neighborhood Library, 1050 Quitman, for more information. 

This is a list of shelters open in partnership with the Red Cross, City of Houston, and Harris County as of Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Refresh this page  or call 2-1-1 for updates throughout the week. 

M.O. Campbell Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
Houston, TX  77032
*This shelter is in need of bedding, food, water, and clothing. 

Golden Acres Baptist Church
2812 Pansy St.
Pasadena, TX 77503

Pasadena High School
206 South Shaver
Pasadena, TX  77506

Lindale Assembly of God
503 Reid St.
Houston, TX  77022
*This shelter is in high need of supplies, preferably food and water.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010

NRG Center 
1 NRG Park 
Houston, TX  77054 

Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Rd. 
Houston, TX  77055

Holy Name Catholic Church
1920 Marion St.
Houston, TX  77009
*This shelter is in need of bedding, water, hygiene products, and non-perishable food items. 

The following locations are accepting donations, such as bedding, water, hygiene products, fresh/non-perishable food items, dog/cat food with supplies, cat litter, formula, diapers with wipes, cleaning supplies, and disposable cutlery for delivery to area the shelters: 
Down House, 1801 Yale St.
Sojourn Church, 606 Aurora St.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4918 Cochran St.
Town in City Brewery, 1125 Cavalcade
Wakefield Crowbar, 954 Wakefield Dr.

Many, if not all, locations are no longer accepting clothing at this time. Most places are open during normal business hours. Use caution when traveling. Use www.nextdoor.com to find additional opportunities in your neighborhood. 


In response to Hurricane Harvey, Texans who get SNAP food benefits can buy hot food such as rotisserie chicken and prepared foods from a store's deli through Sept. 30 at retailers who accept SNAP.


WIC families who evacuated and lost or left behind WIC foods or formula already purchased can get replacement food benefits. Click here or call 1 (800) 942-3678 for more information. If you are in an area affected by Hurricane Harvey, please press option 3 to speak with an operator during business hours to find an open location near you.
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Office of State Representative Jessica Farrar
P.O. Box 30099
Houston, TX  77249
(512) 463-0620 | (713) 691-6912
jessica.farrar@house.texas.gov



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